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2017 Nissan PathfinderS (CVT) 4dr 4x4

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A large, upward sloping grille and two large headlight housings convey toughness, but for the most part the latest Pathfinder projects a friendly image.
- Kelley Blue Book

The Nissan Pathfinder is a mid-size SUV perfectly suited to the urban family lifestyle. It is offered in both front- and four-wheel drive configurations, providing performance and styling without sacrificing comfort.

The seven-passenger Pathfinder is available in four trim levels: S, SV, SL, and Platinum. All trims are powered by a 284-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Available features include, LED daytime running lights, LED projector headlights, dual power outside mirrors with LED turn signal indicators, dual panel panoramic moonroof, 8-inch color display with multi-touch control, rearview camera, tri-zone automatic temperature control system, push button ignition, SiriusXM satellite radio, USB connection ports, Bluetooth, motion-activated liftgate, auto-dimming rearview mirror with garage door transmitter, NissanConnect, navigation system, Intelligent Cruise Control, Bose premium audio system, and 20-inch aluminum wheels. Standard safety features include, six airbags, vehicle stability and traction control, front seat-belt pre-tensioners, a tire pressure monitoring system, ignition immobilizer, and vehicle security system. Optional safety features include blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, and forward emergency braking.

The Pathfinder receives refreshed exterior styling for 2017.


The Nissan Pathfinder midsize crossover SUV, last redesigned for 2014, gets refreshed for 2017.There's new front and rear fascia on the 2017 Pathfinder, a better engine, firmer suspension, new infotainment and available active safety features.

Somehow, it still seems a vehicle from another time.

It's front-wheel drive with available all-wheel drive, as well as an optional third row that's roomier and easier to reach than others, making it a useful seven-seater.It drives more like a car than a truck, but can still handle moderate offroad work, and can tow 6000 pounds.That's an increase of 1000 pounds, thanks to the new engine and chassis reinforcements in the region where the tow hitch mounts.

The 3.5-liter V6 engine is upgraded with direct injection and variable valve timing, increasing horsepower to 284 from 260, and torque to 259 pound-feet from 240, a solid boost for both.It's mated to the existing continuously variable transmission (CVT), that's better than many, thanks to Nissan's D-Step logic, but when you floor it there are still delays to the otherwise good acceleration.

The Pathfinder is EPA-rated at 20 miles per gallon city, 27 highway, and 23 combined with front-wheel drive, one less mpg with all-wheel drive.

Standard safety equipment includes six airbags, with the side-curtain airbags having a rollover sensor and covering all three rows.A rearview camera and rear sonar parking sensors are also standard.Then there's the inventive Easy Fill Tire Alert that honks the horn when you've inflated a tire to the correct amount.Better than being honked at every time you get out of the car, for locking it or not locking it.

The 2017 Nissan Pathfinder hasn't been crash-tested by the IIHS, but the 2016 impressively got the top score in every category, as well as five stars overall from the NHTSA.


2017 Nissan Pathfinder models include S ($29,990), SV, SL, and Platinum.Pathfinder SV ($32,680) comes well equipped with tri-zone automatic climate control, eight-inch touchscreen, HD radio, satellite radio with SiriusXM Travel Link, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, rearview camera, and 18-inch alloy wheels.(Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)

Pathfinder SL ($35,700) gets rear park assist, blind-spot monitors, surround view, and rear cross-traffic alerts.The Pathfinder Platinum ($41,870) gets navigation, heated and ventilated front seats, a 13-speaker Bose audio system, panoramic sunroof, motion-activated power liftgate, 20-inch wheels, and active safety features including adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning and emergency braking.

All-wheel drive will add just under $2000.


The new front and rear fascia, including the bumpers, are blocky to make the Pathfinder look more like a truck.A bolder chrome grille completes the transition.The lines are otherwise like a car, with a long hood, raked windshield, flowing side creases with chrome touches, and upswept third window.The incongruous shapes somehow blend to make the Pathfinder look smaller than it is.You have to stand up against it to appreciate its enormity.


There's more incongruity in the cabin, where a glossy dashboard meets semi-matte, soft-touch door panel material.The fabrics are unremarkable and the plastics are hard, smooth and textured; maybe durable and easy to clean, but not exactly lending an upscale feeling, despite some Infiniti influence in other places.For example the new NissanConnect infotainment system with the touchscreen's pinch and swipe controls, tile icons, and connectivity.

There are only two interior colors, Charcoal and Almond.

The Pathfinder's size allows for a lot of elbow room, while Nissan does a good job balancing the challenging objectives of comfort, access, space and especially storage.There's a cupholder in each front door pocket, and two more in the center console along with two big trays; also many bins, map pockets on the backs of the front seats, no less than three bottle holders in each rear door, and cupholders on each side of the third row.

The comfortable front seats have good back support but little side bolstering, while the driver has a lot of adjustment.Our seat time included a long trip on the highway, and we have no complaints.The lack of bolstering doesn't do a thing for cornering, but the Pathfinder isn't a vehicle to be tossed around anyhow.

The bench seat in the second row slides back and forth 5.5 inches for legroom, as long as there's no one in the third row.It slides and folds to gain access to the third row, with a feature that allows child seats to stay in place even while the seat partially collapses, a thoughtful feature moms and dads will love.The child seat system is called Latch and Glide.The kid doesn't glide with it.The youngest children have to climb out, for the older children to reach the rear.

But the second row is still disappointing, as passengers might find themselves squirming to find comfort, because the rear seat demands a leaned-back, legs-splayed seating position.That seems to be the compromise for the ability to fold far forward for third-row access.

That third row is roomier than most, with short, flat cushions that sit quite low, providing headroom enough for early teens but not fully grown people.It actually rakes back a bit.

With both rows folded, the Pathfinder provides a big 79.8 cubic feet of cargo space, still nothing like the massive 116.3 cubic feet in Chevrolet Traverse, but that's a full-size SUV.With all the seats up, the Pathfinder has only 16 cubic feet behind the third row, (Traverse has 24.4 cubic feet), so when you go family grocery shopping for a week, leave the kids at home.But you'd do that anyhow.

Driving Impression

Nissan says that 57 percent of the parts are new in the 3.5-liter V6, totally believable, with direct injection instead of port injection, electronic variable valve timing, new air intake system, and a mirror-bore coating process for the cylinder walls to reduce friction.Compression climbs from 10.3:1 to 11:1.It takes these kinds of changes to increase horsepower by about 10 percent, to 284, and torque nearly the same, to 259 pound-feet.

The continuously variable transmission (CVT) is unchanged, and we have mixed feelings on it.Nissan's D-Step shift logic enables the CVT to mimic the distinct shifts of an automatic, which is good, as it removes most of the high revving of a CVT.But it's sometimes slow to respond.When it's been running casually at low revs for a while, and you suddenly need power, the CVT won't quickly allow the engine to give it to you.

Which is a shame, because we like the new engine and want to feel it more.Nissan says it's about .2 seconds quicker from zero to sixty, and we guess that time to be around 6.5 seconds, pretty quick for an SUV of this weight.

The suspension has been stiffened, with the front shocks 11 percent stiffer and the rears 7 percent stiffer.The front struts get rebound springs, and the rear rebound springs are 25 percent stiffer.

The changes work.The ride is still comfortable, and the handling is more controlled, as the new suspension reduces body lean a bit.The hydraulic-electric power steering is fairly quick and well-weighted, and it has decent on-center feel.There's some torque steer in front-wheel-drive models, but not in the all-wheel-drive versions, which send most of the power to the front wheels until it's needed in back for traction or stability.The driver can select front-wheel drive only, maximizing fuel efficiency, or a locked all-wheel-drive mode to distribute power equally front and rear.Meanwhile, the system moves power from side to side, as needed.

The Pathfinder has less ground clearance than a Subaru Outback (whose CVT is the best), but it handles ruts with stability, while the locking center differential provides more traction offroad than most rivals.

It's easy to forget the Pathfinder is a big SUV.It's lighter than some rivals, and feels it.Pitch the Pathfinder back and forth on choppy roads, and it will respond with better control than some rivals.However the low-rolling-resistance tires on some models (intended to improve fuel economy), both 18-inch and 20-inch, don't have the grip that the chassis can handle.And the firmer suspension adds road feel, in particular over bumps, which might not be universally enjoyed, but it's never harsh.

Nissan concentrated on reducing vibrations and road noise, and the result makes Pathfinder better than some others in the class.The CVT still drones a bit.


Significant changes for 2017, starting with a new V6, make the Pathfinder worth a fresh look.The CVT is the only transmission, better than most but not as good as the Subaru Outback's.The interior has heavy plusses for function and significant minuses for style.If you need seven seats, it's very good in that department.

Sam Moses contributed to this report.

ABS Brakes
Air Conditioning
Air filtrationInterior air filtration
Front air conditioningAutomatic
Front air conditioning zonesDual
Rear air conditioningWith separate controls
Driver AirbagYes
Head airbagsCurtain 1st, 2nd and 3rd row
Passenger AirbagYes
Audio System
Antenna TypeWindow grid and fixed
Digital Audio InputYes
In-Dash CDSingle
Memory Card SlotYes
MP3 playerYes
Radio Data SystemYes
Speed Sensitive Volume ControlYes
Total Number of Speakers6
Braking assistBraking assist
Front brakesVentilated disc
Child Safety
Child safety locksManual
Fabric TypeCloth
Fabric Type 2Cloth
Fabric Type 3Cloth
Fabric Type 4Carpet
Roof typeFixed roof
Comfort Features
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Center console trimPiano black
Dash trimPiano black
Door trimMetal-look/piano black
Floor matsCarpet front and rear
Reading lightsFront and rear
Shift knob trimUrethane
Steering wheel trimUrethane
Convenience Features
12V DC power outlet2
Audio controls on steering wheelAudio controls
Cargo Grocery Bag HolderYes
Center ConsoleFull with covered storage
Cruise controlCruise control
Cruise controls on steering wheelCruise controls
CupholdersFront and rear
Door pocketsDriver, passenger and rear
Multi-function remoteWindows
Overhead consoleMini with storage
Power steeringSpeed-proportional power steering
Retained accessory powerRetained accessory power
Seatback storage2
Steering wheelTilt and telescopic
3rd Row Head Room960 mm
3rd Row Hip Room1,066 mm
3rd Row Leg Room781 mm
3rd Row Shoulder Room1,449 mm
Aerodynamic Drag (CD).33 cD
Angle of Approach14.7 degrees
Angle of Departure22.3 degrees
Front Head Room1,072 mm
Front Hip Room1,442 mm
Front Leg Room1,072 mm
Front Shoulder Room1,543 mm
Front track1,670 mm
Overall height1,768 mm
Overall Length5,008 mm
Overall Width1,960 mm
Rear Head Room1,001 mm
Rear Hip Room1,425 mm
Rear Leg Room1,059 mm
Rear Shoulder Room1,534 mm
Rear track1,670 mm
Wheelbase2,900 mm
left rear passenger door typeConventional
Rear door typeLiftgate
right rear passenger door typeConventional
Driver Seat
Adjustable lumbar supportManual
Height AdjustableManual
Manual Adjustments6
4WD TypePart and full-time
Axle ratio5.58
Descent ControlHill descent control
Driven WheelsFour-wheel
Limited slip differentialBrake actuated
Locking HubsAuto
Transfer CaseElectronic
Compression Ratio11.00 : 1
Displacement213 cm^3
Engine ConfigurationV
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Horse Power284 hp
Keyless IgnitionPush button start only
Max RPM6,400 RPM
Max Torque RPM4,800 RPM
Size3.5 L
Torque352 Nm
Total Valves24
TypeRegular unleaded
Valve GearDOHC
Variable Valve TimingVariable valve timing
Vehicle EmissionsLEV3-ULEV70
Exterior Features
GrilleBlack w/chrome surround
Rear spoilerLip
Fuel Consumption
City12.1 L/100 km
Combined10.7L/100 km
Highway8.9 L/100 km
Driven WheelsFour-wheel
Engine Size3.5 L
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Number of CylindersV-6
Trans Speeds - VA2
Trans Type - VACVT
Adjustable Front HeadrestsManual adjustable
Adjustable rear headrestsManual adjustable
Number of rear headrests3
Third row headrests2
ClockIn-radio display
External tempExternal temperature display
Low fuel levelLow fuel level
Rear View CameraYes
Trip computerTrip computer
Daytime running lightsDaytime running lights
2-Stage unlocking2-stage unlocking
Power door locksRemote power door locks
Driver mirror adjustmentPower remote
Heated driver mirrorHeated
Heated passenger mirrorHeated
Passenger mirror adjustmentPower remote
Signal mirrorsTurn signal in mirrors
Vanity mirrorsDual vanity mirrors
Passenger Seat
Manual Adjustments4
Rear Seats
Center armrestYes
FoldingFold forward seatback
Rear heatWith separate controls
Safety and Performance for CarsProd
Antilock Brakes4-wheel
Four-wheel antilock brakesFour-wheel antilock brakes
Head airbagHead airbag
Side airbagSide airbag
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlTraction control
Rear center seatbelt3-point belt
Seatbelt pretensionersFront
Front seat typeBucket
seating capacity7
Total Seating Capacity7
Anti-theft alarm systemYes
engine immobilizerEngine immobilizer
Spare Tire
Mount LocationUnderbody w/crankdown
Spare Wheel
Rim typeSteel
Stability and Traction
Stability controlYes
Traction controlABS and driveline
Front Spring TypeCoil
Front Stabilizer BarRegular
Front Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Front suspension typeStrut
Rear Spring TypeCoil
Rear Stabilizer BarRegular
Rear Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Rear Suspension TypeMulti-link
stabilizer barFront and rear
wireless phone connectivityYes
Third Row Seat
Speed RatingT
Tire Pressure Monitoring SystemYes
Width235 mm
Towing and Hauling
Cargo tie downsCargo tie downs
Automatic typeCVT
Manual / automaticAutomatic
Number of speedsContinuously variable
Transmission Hill HolderTransmission hill holder
Truck Features
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Video System
Primary Video Monitor Size8.0"
Video Monitor LocationFront
basic distance60,000 km
basic months36 months
drivetrain distance100,000 km
drivetrain months60 months
roadside distanceUnlimited km
roadside months36 months
rust distanceUnlimited km
rust months60 months
Weights and Capacities
Cargo capacity, all seats in place453 L
Cargo capacity, rear seat down or removed1,201 L
Curb weight1,962 kg
EPA interior volume4,468 L
Fuel Capacity74 L
Gross vehicle weight2,682 kg
Ground clearance178 mm
Max cargo capacity2,260 L
Towing Capacity2,722 kg
Turning radius6 m
Rim TypeMachined w/painted accents aluminum
Front wipers - intermittentVariable intermittent
One-touch windows1
Power windowsPower windows
Privacy glassDeep
Rear defoggerRear defogger
Rear wiperFixed interval
Remote window operationYes
Body ExteriorStd.Opt.
Heated door mirrors
Power door mirrors
Turn signal indicator mirrors
Convenience FeaturesStd.Opt.
1-touch down
Air conditioning
Automatic temperature control
Driver door bin
Driver vanity mirror
Front beverage holders
Front dual zone A/C
Illuminated entry
Overhead console
Passenger door bin
Passenger vanity mirror
Power windows
Rear air conditioning
Rear beverage holders
Rear door bins
Remote keyless entry
Speed control
Telescoping steering wheel
Tilt steering wheel
Entertainment FeaturesStd.Opt.
AM/FM radio
CD player
CD-MP3 decoder
Diversity antenna
Radio data system
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Wireless phone connectivity
Lighting, Visibility and InstrumentationStd.Opt.
Exterior parking camera rear
Front reading lights
Low tire pressure warning
Outside temperature display
Rear reading lights
Rear window defroster
Rear window wiper
Trip computer
Variably intermittent wipers
Mode select transmission
Variable intake manifold
Variable valve control
Safety and SecurityStd.Opt.
4 wheel disc brakes
ABS brakes
Brake assist
Dual front impact airbags
Dual front side impact airbags
Electronic stability
Ignition disable
Occupant sensing airbag
Overhead airbag
Panic alarm
Security system
Traction control
Seats and TrimStd.Opt.
Front centre armrest
Manual driver lumbar support
Rear seat centre armrest
Reclining 3rd row seat
Split folding rear seat
Alloy wheels
Four wheel independent suspension
Front anti-roll bar
Power steering
Rear anti-roll bar
Speed-sensing steering

2017 Nissan Pathfinder S (CVT) 4dr 4x4, , Ontario

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